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24 wines for turning 24

This post serves two purposes: a sincere smile-and-nod to the 23rd year of my life, and a spring cleaning wine dump of, coincidentally, a number of bottles that equals the number of anniversaries since I was pushed out of my mother. Alas. The past prime number of a year has been good to me, and I'm stoked for the next. Beyond this whole becoming-an-adult thing, I've done many things including completing the WSET Diploma (i hate to keep mentioning about it - but perhaps the youngest in BC to do so!), changing jobs, travelling to New York, travelling to France, travelling to Spain, and other things that would probably be best not to put on the internet. Heh. And home. Oh God - connecting to your...

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Liquid Hallmark Valentine’s Day Card: NV Sandeman Ruby Port

This was sort of like the last wine but much less intense. Much much much much much much less, to the point where they're only similar in theory and they're actually not that close together in practice. It's like Valentine's Day. It's the Hallmark holiday that everybody loves to hate, but I suppose people are at least making efforts to spread love no matter how faux it sometimes ends up being....

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Liquid infatuation: 2011 Cockburn’s Vintage Port

This was a viscous liquid that legitimately and lazily left a film of violet on the inside of the glass, the last bits of the wine refusing to even fall out entirely. Kind of like how infatuation sickeningly refuses any accessibility to your senses or reality. It smelt and tasted exactly how it looked, with lusty dark fruit notes reminding me of some still heavily extracted Californian and Portuguese reds....

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Old love: 1991 Croft Vintage Port

Texture was much broader and less intense and piercing, while flavour components also shifted from the intense infatuated syrupy black fruit into a relaxed spread of evolved flavours. Though the wine overall seemed like it lacked some sort of vibrance and finesse. Taming the fiery components to make lovely, lovely, lovely smoked tinder. Ugh, Tinder. Happy Valentine's Day, y'all!...

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The good ending to that romantic comedy film: Ramos Pinto “RP20” Quinta do Bom Retiro 20 Year Old Tawny Port

This was definitely the wine in the flight that had the best ratio of wine quality to some sort of drink-now aspect, all while retaining some level of freshness. All you need are proper complex ports like these, complete with desserts and cheese to pair with, a pillow in which to sob, sweatpants (or a onesie), and some sappy rom com(s)....

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